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33 Chancery Lane

Financial Crime

8 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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The barristers at 33 Chancery Lane offer expertise spanning the full range of financial crime matters. The set is regularly instructed to act for both the prosecution and defence in complex bribery and money laundering cases, and members are also well versed in the handling of HMRC investigations. Asset recovery matters are a key area of strength for the team, owing to the set's recognised prowess in POCA proceedings. The set's enviable client list includes both leading corporations and individuals.

Client service:

"The clerks are all very down to earth and easy to communicate with." "Practice director Martin Adams is helpful, organised and always able to assist. He is also a pleasure to deal with."

Strengths:

Amanda Pinto QC
Acts for the prosecution and the defence in serious financial crime cases, including those involving misstatement of financial accounts, investment frauds and money laundering. Interviewees reserve special mention for her easygoing manner and clear commitment to obtaining the best result for her client. She is valued for her advice to corporates on financial crime matters, and also has experience of dealing with private prosecutions.
"She is sharp, intelligent, articulate and has a lovely court manner." "A formidable advocate." "Her huge experience shines through in her attention to detail. Clients and juries love her."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v Bohart & Others, a case involving allegations of conspiracy to defraud by traders and submitters for Barclays, Deutsche Bank, SocGen and several other banks.

Strengths:

Andrew Mitchell QC
A well-known heavyweight silk who is a great choice of leading counsel for high-value matters connected with financial wrongdoing. His reputation has spread far and wide, ensuring he is instructed to advise on marquee matters both at home and abroad. He offers particular expertise in large-scale bribery and corruption investigations, and is also valued for his expertise in related POCA proceedings.
"He is exceptionally gifted, able and experienced."

Strengths:

Christopher Convey
Recognised for the diligence, great attention to detail and fine advocacy skills that he brings to the defence of fraud and financial crime cases. Rate rigging and corporate theft matters feature highly in his caseload, as do complex money laundering matters. He is experienced in advising clients on international matters. Convey further offers counsel on compliance issues.
"A brave, intelligent and persuasive advocate. Equally skilled on his feet or on paper." "He is obviously super clever, very dedicated and works very hard."
Recent work: Advised several Guernsey trusts on anti-money laundering obligations in relation to politically exposed persons, the settlement of tainted funds, international treaty obligations, compliance with overseas orders, domestic regulatory compliance and the release of restrained assets.

Strengths:

Faisal Osman
A careful barrister with great powers of factual recall and a highly supportive junior counsel, who adds clear value to proceedings. He is highly rated for his astute defence of clients in financial crime cases. His experience includes advising on high-value allegations of tax fraud and international money laundering. He offers additional expertise in asset recovery, including those cases concerning highly complex, cross-border matters.
"A charming, fiercely bright and sought-after lawyer." "He has one of the greatest minds for finance and can pick things apart just by looking at numbers."

Strengths:

Graham Brodie QC
A silk noted for his attractive presentation style in court and for being a good team player. He regularly advises on allegations of money laundering and overseas corruption, and he is also experienced in related POCA work. He provides expert counsel to a variety of corporate clients, and has a particular focus on cases with overlapping civil and criminal elements.
"He is a very clever guy and a good advocate." "He is good on the crossover between civil and criminal." "Very personable and very easy to speak to. His real skill is in problem solving and unravelling tricky situations."
Recent work: Defended a company director charged with tax fraud relating to claims for corporation tax group relief.

Strengths:

Kennedy Talbot QC
Acts for and advises major corporate clients on a wide range of financial crime matters. He fields significant expertise in anti-money laundering, and is regularly instructed by financial institutions to advise on their responsibilities. 
"Very skilled advocate, tactical and highly astute." "He's down to earth, pragmatic and easy to have a blunt conversation with. He's solutions-based and cuts through to the heart of the issue quickly." "An incisive subject expert. He is very helpful, always available, approachable and clever."

Strengths:

Mark Rainsford QC
Has superb legal knowledge and great judgement in how best to advance the client's cause. He regularly handles corruption cases and all manner of investment frauds, including those relating to Ponzi schemes, and is noted for his skill in money laundering cases. He draws on complementary expertise in confiscation matters and those with a civil fraud aspect.
"He really understands the subject matter and is a true strategist."

Financial Crime Department

33 Chancery Lane

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33 Chancery Lane

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Crime


Amanda Pinto QC
Band 2
Andrew Mitchell QC
Band 1
Graham Brodie QC
Band 2
Mark Rainsford QC
Band 4

Financial Crime: Corporates


Amanda Pinto QC
Band 2
Kennedy Talbot QC
Band 2